Evolving Thoughts

Evolution, culture, philosophy and chocolate! John Wilkins' continuing struggle to come to terms with impermanence... "Humanus sum, nihil humanum a me alienum puto" - Terence

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Blonds going extinct!

In the "humans are still evolving, folks" category comes this:
Cavegirls were first blondes to have fun - Sunday Times - Times Online: "A study by the World Health Organisation found that natural blonds are likely to be extinct within 200 years because there are too few people carrying the blond gene. According to the WHO study, the last natural blond is likely to be born in Finland during 2202."
This has two obvious implications:

1. Gene frequencies (in this case the alleles of the hair colour gene MC1R) are still changing in modern society, and

2. There is shortly going to be a global hydrogen peroxide shortage, so put your money in hydrogen peroxide mines immediately!

Oh, and book tickets to Finland.

[Late note: it's apparently a hoax, as Ian notes in the responses. I can't tell because the journal is offline right now. But the exactness of the date of extinction should have been a giveaway.]

[Much later note: It's not a hoax, except for the WHO bit. There are indeed changes in the gene frequency.]